BIG BEATS

Get down to Femi Kuti

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Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St.
New York, NY 10003

Category: Music Venues

Region: East Village

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The son also rises, they say. But in the case of the late Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, not one but two of his male offspring went into the family business, perpetuating Fela’s massive horn riffs, polyrhythmic epiphanies, and engaged politics in different manners. Seun Kuti, the younger, performs with members of his father’s Egypt 80 band and is the traditionalist. Firstborn Femi Kuti, on the other hand, has continually tweaked the Afrobeat blueprint for a tighter, jazzier sound he expounds with his 10-piece Positive Force band. Where Fela stretched out songs into sidelong suites, Femi distills just as many good ideas into shorter but no less bracing blasts. And while Femi’s raspier voice doesn’t rage quite as righteously as Fela’s, he sweats and swaggers just as hard.
Sat., Jan. 26, 7 p.m., 2013

 
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